There is a saying in Italy that those who eat well, live well. I may have even mentioned this in a previous post but I can tell you for a fact that the eating and hence, the living, is one of the best in Tuscany. Pictured is a wonderful afternoon snack we munched on in Siena near Piazza del Campo, the locale is called Pizzicheria De Miccoli and you can sample an assortment like the above for around 35 Euro for two people. If you dress up and flirt with the pair of owners, they might even give you a wonderful, fresh glass of white wine to wash it all down (hint, hint). They speak English, not to worry, one of them used to have an American wife and he certainly stressed the use of the past participle to us. Here is a close-up of the goodies...and yes, those are truffle shavings on the cheese. Heaven.
The other activity besides eating that I would highly suggest while in the Tuscany area is drinking. We took a tour to Montalcino to sample Rosso di Montalcino and Brunello, which some say is the best wine in the world. After a few tastings, I was very agreeable with that opinion. Brunello must be aged for at least 5 years, therefore the most recent year that has become available is 2009. At one of the wineries, we even got to smell the 1965 (photo at bottom left). It took all my willpower not to drink it and call it an accident.
Lo dicono sempre- chi mangia bene, vive bene. A dire la verità, si mangia benissimo in Toscana. Non è un segreto, lo sanno tutti. Abbiamo preso questo sputino piccolo dalla Pizzicheria De Miccoli. Era una selezione delle loro specialità. Ci hanno date anche due bicchierini di vino bianco, freschissimo, magari perché eravamo due donne straniere. Boh! Un'altra bella cosa da fare in Toscana è un tour organizzato dei vigneti dove si assaggia i diversi tipi di vini tipici della regione, particolarmente Rosso di Montalcino e Brunello. Purtroppo non ci hanno fatto provare il Brunello Riserva dell'anno 1965.
Jasmine is a former pharmacist turned freelance writer, foodie, and fashionista from Alberta, Canada living "the sweet life" in Bergamo, Italy.